NABOKV-L post 0023865, Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:20:39 -0600

Re: how to play Pharoh?
I should correct this. I forgot that if the two cards dealt have the same
rank, the bank takes half of the money that the punters bet on that rank.
This is a more important house advantage than the odds on "calling the
turn" of the last three cards.

A Nabokov connection is that faro is related to lansquenet, which is
mentioned in *Pale Fire.*

Jerry Friedman

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Jerry Friedman <>wrote:

> This book discusses the game of faro in *The Queen of Spades*, including
> the reference to *mirandole*:
> The game seems to be the same as that described in the "Hoyle" I have: a
> punter bets on a rank, and then the cards are dealt alternately into "win"
> and "lose" piles. If the first card of that rank falls on the "win" pile,
> the punter wins; if not, he loses.
> The calculation of the house advantage is very simple (there isn't one
> except for the last three cards), and a precocious child might be
> interested in it.

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